I’m in a winter like space, contemplating next steps and direction. I’ve never developed a formal meditation practice, it just never seemed to work very well for me. Not that I won’t do it, I just haven’t found my groove with it.

Drawing, on the other hand, has always felt like what I hear when people describe the benefits of meditation. Not just any drawing, it’s a particular kind of doodling that creates a sense of spaciousness for me.

There is something about the repetitive marks of the crosshatching, it’s almost mindless but not quite. It allows my¬† mind to quiet and opens up space for new things to emerge.

I’m finding myself more in the visual space and less in the words recently. So I’m just going with it. Waiting to see what happens.


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  1. This is beautiful.

    Less in the words is a good reminder. Thank you.

  2. I’ve found that there are around ten thousand different ways to meditate. It’s all a matter of tuning out the mind chatter and becoming aware and present. My favorite form of meditation is walking. I take a walk every day. I meditate in a chair at home, too, but my walking meditation is far more rejuvenating and invigorating. Thanks for sharing your words. Namaste.

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  3. I’ve found that there are around ten thousand different ways to meditate. It’s all a matter of tuning out the mind chatter and becoming aware and present. My favorite form of meditation is walking. I take a walk every day. I meditate in a chair at home, too, but my walking meditation is far more rejuvenating and invigorating. Thanks for sharing your words. Namaste.

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    • Eddie,
      I love that you have a whole range of ways to meditate. For a long time I was getting hung up on others definitions. I like your open approach.

  4. From what I understand the salient thing in meditation is watching your thoughts and being present to your body sensations without attaching to any of them. It’s not mindlessness, it’s mind*ful*ness. So maybe it doesn’t matter so much what you are doing with your body (sitting, drawing, jumping rope) – but it does matter what you do with your mind. Meditation has a reputation for being about sitting still and not thinking, but it’s actually about sitting still and watching what happens inside you.

    I also find it hard to sit and meditate but I try to watch my thoughts and be aware of my body sensations from time to time when I’m doing something else. Like for instance right now I notice I feel nervous, want my comment to be helpful, also notice irritation like I’m not sure I’m expressing myself cleanly, maybe I just want to be right, what do I really know about it anyway. So noticing all that, and being present to it…I think that is what meditation is about. It trains you to detach from all those inner voices – to be aware of them but not run by them.

    That mindless feeling that happens when engaging in activity is more akin to a trance state I think, it’s not the same as meditation. What you are describing sounds more like a creative flow trance state, like you are tapping into an intuitive creative channel. IMHO.

    • Emma,
      I like the differentiation of looking at mediation as what we do with our minds. It could be that I’m accessing a creative flow trance state, or maybe a baby one. I know another place of deep creative flow but my mind is usually much more engaged in active creation there. I do know I benefit from all of these spaces, especially because it’s easy to get caught up in the day to day and not make time for them.

  5. From what I understand the salient thing in meditation is watching your thoughts and being present to your body sensations without attaching to any of them. It’s not mindlessness, it’s mind*ful*ness. So maybe it doesn’t matter so much what you are doing with your body (sitting, drawing, jumping rope) – but it does matter what you do with your mind. Meditation has a reputation for being about sitting still and not thinking, but it’s actually about sitting still and watching what happens inside you.

    I also find it hard to sit and meditate but I try to watch my thoughts and be aware of my body sensations from time to time when I’m doing something else. Like for instance right now I notice I feel nervous, want my comment to be helpful, also notice irritation like I’m not sure I’m expressing myself cleanly, maybe I just want to be right, what do I really know about it anyway. So noticing all that, and being present to it…I think that is what meditation is about. It trains you to detach from all those inner voices – to be aware of them but not run by them.

    That mindless feeling that happens when engaging in activity is more akin to a trance state I think, it’s not the same as meditation. What you are describing sounds more like a creative flow trance state, like you are tapping into an intuitive creative channel. IMHO.

    • Emma,
      I like the differentiation of looking at mediation as what we do with our minds. It could be that I’m accessing a creative flow trance state, or maybe a baby one. I know another place of deep creative flow but my mind is usually much more engaged in active creation there. I do know I benefit from all of these spaces, especially because it’s easy to get caught up in the day to day and not make time for them.

  6. Looking at your art work meditative. Lovely. =)

  7. Looking at your art work meditative. Lovely. =)

  8. Looking at your art work meditative. Lovely. =)

  9. Hi, Christine! Wonderful drawing. And I know how I can get “into the zone” or “into the flow” when I am creating, and how all the chatter in my mind just melts away. Please consider sharing a new original art piece and the story behind it as a guest post on my blog: http://www.gaalcreative.com/submissions/. Thanks!

  10. Hi, Christine! Wonderful drawing. And I know how I can get “into the zone” or “into the flow” when I am creating, and how all the chatter in my mind just melts away. Please consider sharing a new original art piece and the story behind it as a guest post on my blog: http://www.gaalcreative.com/submissions/. Thanks!


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